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I normally actually remove the seat covers - can be a bit of a pain in the arse on some cars but they come out virtually as new and smelling of whatever washing powder you use - as long as you refit them properly, nobody would ever know :)


If you have dirty carpets - it's amazing how good they can come up with a pressure washing session...naturally, you remove it from the car first!


I first learned this when I bought a 6 year old Hyundai Pony as a poor student back in 1991 for the princely sum of £240 from a farmers son - the car looked like he's used it to transport, sheep, logs and god knows what else...


Looked fantastic after the treatment - took a few days for the carpet to fully dry out though.

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Normally try and go for leather seats (or vinyl) as they 'wipe down'


However the carpets in the discovery were getting minging, oil + water + mud + who knows what else.


I took them all out last summer, soaked them with the hose pipe, rubbed washing liquid into them with a scrubbing brush, then jet washed it out and dried on the washing line for a day. Result: carpets come up like new, cost me nothing other than half a bottle of fairy and a weekend full of grunting removing and refitting them.


Also jetwashed all the plastic centre console which I had to remove to get the carpets out.


Not sure I'd like to try the above on seats though - maybe a vax or other carpet shampooer

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Not sure I'd like to try the above on seats though - maybe a vax or other carpet shampooer


I got this seat out of the back of a van that bad been used as a railway maintainence vehicle for 300,000 miles, and then used as a skip for 3 years. TFR and a pressure washer:




I used a wet vac to dry it out. Came up more or less like new, but took about a fortnight to dry though


another +1 for the pressure washer on the carpet game. My old 106 Rallye has the "signature" red carpet. It was absolutely filthy with the usual ground in oil, muck and mystery stains. I took it out, hung it on the wall of the house and it came up like brand new - LOADS of people asked if it was a new carpet. It was one of them plastic backed ones, so it was dry in about an hour.

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